August 2, 2016
NEWPORT, R.I. (August 1, 2016) – The transition of the former Newport Bucket into the Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition appeared effortless and suitably fabulous when a dozen of the world’s grandest sailing yachts competed off Newport, R.I. from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 and benefitted from the combined forces of co-hosts Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf. In true Bucket fashion, social activities included a “yacht hop” on Friday night aboard the participants’ yachts, a gathering at Newport’s famous Clarke Cooke House, and a regatta dinner with live reggae music on the grounds of a Newport estate.
July 30, 2016 - Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf kicked off the Candy Store Cup in spectacular fashion yesterday with constantly improving sailing conditions with clearing skies and smiling crews. There was an infectious camaraderie in the air with the sailors of the grandest ladies of the sea. They knew each other well, and renewed old times the night before at the Candy Store at the Clarke Cooke House and the Shipyard.
The boats were the real story with super-yachts like Adix, Meteor, Columbia, Zenji, Ranger and that was less than half of the eye candy Newporters got to see. Race officer Peter Craig was pleased with the wind velocities, points of sail on the racecourse, and close finishes. Charlie Dana of Newport Shipyard said, "I was aboard schooner Meteor agog much of the time at what was around us. We're thrilled these yachts honored us by participating".
NEWPORT, R.I. (July 22, 2016) – From July 29-31, several of the world's largest and most glamorous sailing yachts will race for the inaugural Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf have consolidated the Newport Bucket and Candy Store Cup to create this fabulous superyacht event.
“Initially, the Candy Store Cup was a quick race around Newport Harbor with 12 Metres and any other boats that wanted to join in, and the Bucket was more of a party for the biggest sailing yachts that had no races to enter,” said Newport Shipyard owner Charlie Dana. “It’s exciting to fast forward several decades later and have this opportunity to bring back the fun, casual atmosphere that was present during those original events and match it with the imagery of these spectacular super yachts.”